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Review:nott theodore says:
I found this chapter so compelling and I couldn't take my eyes off the screen as I was reading it. You set the scene perfectly, and it did seem to me really believable. I'm no expert on this era of history, but it came to life as I read it here. The little details such as references to court, and the importance of the class system, really helped to make it seem more realistic.

I thought your characters were brilliant. It took me a while to realise that Venn Selwyn is the Bloody Baron (I'm having a very slow day today!) but I thought the characterisation was excellent even in the first real chapter when we encounter all of these characters. The name Selwyn reminds me of what Umbridge says about the locket in the final book, as well, and I'm not sure if you did that intentionally but I thought it was very clever.

There is a lot more that I could write in this review now, but I really want to read on, so I hope you don't mind that this is so short. I love this story already!

nott theodore :)

Author's Response: Thanks! I have worked hard to try to incorporate as much real history as possible into this story, and it seems to have helped readers get into it. Half the fun of writing in this era has been looking up information about quirky little customs and trying to fit them into my plot.

You're not the only one, no worries :) I did use the name Selwyn intentionally. I was trying to think of what would cause the Baron to be chosen as the ghost of Slytherin House, and I came back to the connection between the Selwyns and the locket, so I decided that the Baron would be related to Salazar somehow--thus, I ended up with nephew.

I don't mind at all! Thanks for the kind review!

-Amanda


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